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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Purpose. This research examined the relationship between stress and job satisfaction of elementary school principals. The purpose of the study was to determine if the situational variables, socioeconomic level of students and student enrollment, and the demographic variables, sex, age, and experience, influenced the stress-job satisfaction of the principal.;Method. A random sample of 100 elementary school principals in the Commonwealth of Virginia completed the Administrative Stress Index and the Index of Job Satisfaction. Results from 87 percent mail return were subjected to regression analysis.;Findings and Conclusions. There was a negative relationship (r = -.25) between stress and job satisfaction of elementary school principals. Based on the findings of this study, stress will tend to reduce the job satisfaction of elementary school principals regardless of socioeconomic level of students, student enrollment or sex of the principal, and for principals 40+ years of age or with 6+ years of experience. There was no relationship between stress and job satisfaction for principals under 40 or those with 1-5 years of experience. In addition, job satisfaction was significantly greater for principals who are females.;Job satisfaction for this sample was predicted using the following regression weights for those variables which significantly influenced the stress-job satisfaction relationship: Overall satisfaction = 71.82, Female = 3.78, Age 40+ = 19.26, Stress for 40+ = -9.36. Using these increments, expected job satisfaction was calculated for four groups of elementary school principals: Males < 40 = 71.82 (out of a possible 90), Females < 40 = 75.60, Males 40+ = 70.58, Females 40+ = 74.36. Both males and females 40+ years of age experience a reduction in job satisfaction for stress. Implications for future research were discussed.



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